2009 European Wine Bloggers Conference Considered Raving Success

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The 2009 European Wine Bloggers Conference has been quoted as a "huge success", attracting over 120 participants from 14 different countries around the world.

I loved the (very short) bit of the conference I attended, and only wish I had done the whole thing. I plan to come to the conference next year.

The European Wine Bloggers Conference has finally come to a triumphant conclusion. On October 30 to November 1, 2009, over 120 participants from 14 different countries gathered at the VIP Grand Lisboa in Portugal to discuss the future of the social wine brand.    

With a tripling of attendance compared to last year’s event in Logroño Spain, the three day conference has become the leading international conference on wine and the internet. Bloggers, mainstream media, photographers, videographers, distributors, retailers, wine critics and influential wineries gathered to discuss current trends and future innovations in the wine industry.

“Saturday Oct. 31st was THE day of the EWBC conference. We actually worked hard going from one session to an other one, getting in touch with each other and working on important topics: what is a social wine brand? What is the impact of the social media on wine travel? How can wineries answer the challenging issues brought by social media? What kind of relationship can wineries and wine bloggers build? What is the future of the social media in the wine industry?” says Evelyne Resnick, distinguished author of “Wine Brands”.

George Sandeman, spokesman of Wine in Moderation and Responsible for Public Relations of Sogrape Vinhos reported, “I loved the (very short) bit of the conference I attended, and only wish I had done the whole thing. I plan to come to the conference next year...”

Major sponsors of the EWBC included, Viniportugal, DOC-DMC, DO Catalunya, Vinoble, The Douro Boys, Amorim, Vinhos do Alentejo, Esporao, L’and Vinyards and Wine in Moderation. Additionally, over 40 wineries donated over 200 top wines to various tastings throughout the event.

According to Ken Payton, author of “Reign of Terroir”, “Portuguese wines have consistently, day by day, been among the very finest I have ever tasted. And taken as a whole, no country’s wines has awakened such curiosity and excitement in me with each new bottle as has Portugal. That is the simple truth I take away.”

The 2010 version of the European Wine Blogger’s Conference has yet to be announced. Organizers are researching future European cities to host the next grand event.

About European Wine Bloggers Conference
Founded in 2008 by Robert McIntosh from The Wine Conversation (http://wineconversation.com) and Ryan and Gabriella Opaz from Catavino (http://Catavino.net), the annual conference aims to gather wine bloggers from all over Europe and the world, who are looking to both build stronger relations between their sites and offer a better route for wineries and retailers to reach these consumers, or readers.

Contact Person for further information:
Website: http://www.catavino.net
Telephone: +34 656 432 417

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